My 2018 Macaron Day Adventure

Hi everyone,

Happy Belated Macaron Day & Happy Spring 2018 everyone!!! 🌞🌈🌷🌹  On March 20, 2018 marks the 1st Day of Spring, which was also Macaron Day celebrating these sweet elegant & delectable bite-sized dessert, macarons. A great way to start a new season, Spring with sweet & bright desserts and at the same time donate to a great cause, SickKids Foundation where each bakery donated 25% of their day’s sales to the SickKids Foundation in support of the SickKids VS campaign.

As we begin a new month already, April, my fave month is obviously March because it’s a special month of the year for me particularly because not only it is my birthday of course lol…but it also marks the 1st Day of Spring, which means finally warmer & sunnier days ahead, lighter jackets despite the fact that this Spring has been very verrryyyyy coldddd & with weirdly enough rain & snow too this year in Toronto so it still feels like winter unfortunately! But more importantly one of my fave type of dessert is celebrated on March 20, 2018, which is Macaron Day.

Who could forget one of my fave French small and delicate yet big flavour dessert macarons? Not me of course, I love that they have a special day to celebrate in Toronto, Paris, New York and Internationally. It’s like they created this special day just for me lol…😊 (Hmmm…wonder if they knew how much I love desserts when I was born lol!!)

History of Macaron Day

  • Macaron Day is celebrated around the world on the same day and coincides with “Jour du Macaron” in Paris.
  • Cities that celebrate Macaron Day include: Paris, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, London, Belgium, and Budapest. (Japan celebrates on March 21)
  • The focus of the day is to celebrate the first day of spring and give to a local charity.

Who else celebrated Macaron Day like me??? Which Macaron shop did you go to?? Would love to hear where some of you went, please leave your comments below! Thanks!!

On Macaron Day, I decided to visit my 2 fave bakeshops that specializes in macarons as it was hard to decide which one to go to so I decided why not go to both right?? It is of course Macaron Day and one can not have too many sweet elegant mini bites of French macarons right??

I made my 1st stop to Nadège Patisserie to their Queen St W location and it was my 1st time actually going to this location as they have 4 other locations in the GTA. I been to the Yorkdale and Scarborough Town Centre locations so far. Their newest location is the Path Richmond-Adelaide Centre one. I was greeted with a busy crowd in this cozy and modern bakery, a decent size with area of tables for you to enjoy your delicious French treats and desserts. It was busy obviously because it was Macaron Day and I loved their Macaron Day decorations.

There was a decent selection of macarons available and Nadège offered that day a limited edition of Macaron Day flavours that includes: Honey & Brie, Bailey’s Chocolate, Red Wine & Chocolate, Strawberry Guimauve, Earl Grey and Pomegranate Chocolate. I ended up choosing 3 flavours – the Red Wine & Chocolate for my sis and mines were – Earl Grey and Strawberry Guimauve. I loved the Strawberry Guimauve one a marshmallow taste and light one though!! I was disappointed with the Earl Grey one as I love everything Earl Grey esp macarons and was sad because the filling inside was chocolate and so you all know, I don’t eat chocolate. And sadly the chocolate overpowered any flavour of the Earl Grey so I didn’t taste any Earl Grey at all. That was the only disappointment! My sis loved her Red Wine & Chocolate though!

If you haven’t heard or stopped by Nadège Patisserie, I recommend you try them as they have some interesting flavours compared to other macaron places. They also offer not just macarons but other French pastries including cakes, mini cakes, donuts, tarts, and more. During special Holidays, they always have special chocolate items and since it was Easter next that they had small and large Easter chocolate eggs. Nadège has a great selection of desserts and treats for any occasion that’s why I always love stopping by them to get sweet treats.

After stopping by Nadège Patisserie, my last and final stop is of course at my annual fave macaron shop, Butter Avenue. It is a tradition that every year for Macaron Day I celebrate this sweet and delicious day with Butter Avenue and this year was no different.

Butter Avenue is my go to and definitely my top fave macaron shop and I stopped by their Queen and Spadina only location now. If you didn’t know, was sad to find out that their Yonge and Lawrence location closed late last year. That’s the location I usually always go to as it is much closer to where I live as it was mid-town compared to their downtown location. I sadly miss that location!! But hoping they open another location closer to where I live soon.

I still made the trip to downtown to their Queen and Spadina location as it is always worth to travel for Butter Avenue or in my case, I travel for any desserts. So this is no difference! If you haven’t heard of Butter Avenue, “offers an evolving selection of desserts and pastries created using classic French confectionary cookery and techniques, we pride ourselves on making our products with natural ingredients without added artificial flavours or preservatives.”Quote from Butter Avenue Official Website. Butter Avenue is unique from other macaron shops as they offer a twist to some of their macaron flavours with a sense of Japanese infusion flavours. I always love that and always can’t wait to see what new flavours they come up with.

They made special macaron flavours for Macaron Day, Butter Avenue made 40 exclusive one day only flavours to celebrate Macaron Day. They took it up a notch this year and introduced 4 categories of flavours“Sweet Table”, “Farmer’s Market”, “Lounge Bar” and “Tea Salon” to choose from. Wow what an amazing selection!!! That’s why I love Butter Avenue, they always surprise me with large variety of flavours and different unique ones to choose from too. I couldn’t wait to see what the flavours were as you don’t know what the exact flavours until you get to their shop!!

With the large variety of unique and delicious flavours to choose from, I ended up with a half dozen + one extra (as I couldn’t decide lol…plus I was sharing my macarons with my sisters, my niece and my mom), I chosen these following flavours – Roasted Green Tea, Osmanthus (Tea Blossom), Irish Coffee, Mimosas, Dark Chocolate, Wild Strawberry, and Terre Et Neige (Green tea & cocoa).

My 2 macaron flavours for me was Wild Strawberry and Tea Blossom macarons. Can I say I fell I love with the Tea Blossom macaron?? As some of you know, I love tea!!! It was a light tea blossom taste with a hint of floral very little with the right amount!!! I wish they make the Tea Blossom one of their new regular flavours!!

Macaron cotton candy

Overall, a very successful “Macaron Day” with my 2 faves bakeshops – Nadège Patisserie and Butter Avenue. You could not have ask for a more sweeter and perfect day for a dessert foodie like me to celebrate my fave elegant bite size dessert, macarons and to share these special desserts with my sisters, niece and my mom.

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For the latest updates on my blog through Twitter @SweetBFoodie24 and my foodie adventures on Instagram @SweetBFoodie24.

Sorry for the delay on this blog post as some of you may know through my updates on Twitter that I have taken a temporary Administrative work as I also enjoy working as an Admin but trying to find the right Admin work to balance out to work on my blog as well as this is where my passion is. Please bare with me with slower updates than normal but don’t worry I’m still here and already started working on ideas for my next blog post before my Jamaica trip in May!! Can’t wait it’s coming up & soon will need to do some vacay prep like new swimsuits, and etc…:)

Everyday is macaron day for me so if you missed out on Macaron Day (please mark it down for next year’s in 2019 same day), why not go out and try one of my fave macaron shops, Nadège Patisserie and Butter Avenue to enjoy a sweet & elegant bite of dessert to satisfy your sweet cravings.

Until next time, I’m on my search for my next sweet craving dessert hunt😉💜🍰🍩🍭🍦

-Sweet B.

For more information on Nadège Patisserie, please see below:

Website – Nadège Patisserieclick here

You can follow them through these social media networks – Facebook @nadegepatisserie, Twitter @nadegetoronto and Instagram @nadegetoronto

For more information on Butter Avenue, please see below:

Website – Butter Avenue click here

You can follow them through these social media networks – Facebook @ButterAvenueCo, Twitter @ButterAvenue and Instagram @ButterAvenue.

 

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Happy 4 Year Blog Anniversary!!!

Hi everyone,

On this day, February 23 back in 2014, is when I first started my sweet dessert blog! Wow I can’t believe it’s been 4 years now since I started this blog and it has grown so much from where I have started!! With each year that passes, my blog continues to grow and expand sharing my love for dairy free desserts, food events and travel.

I started this blog to share with everyone my love for food and more particularly my love for desserts and sweets. I couldn’t imagine where it would have taken me as I started out blogging while I was working as an Admin to just last year leaving my full time Admin work to pursue and focus on my blog. I believe on pursuing my happiness and what I love doing more is with my blog rather that my full time work that was unfulfilling for my career goals. I’m in a much happier place now and staying focused & motivated through my love for desserts, food events and travel.

For those who don’t know, I am on a dairy free food diet due to my food sensitivities, which I only recently discovered early last year. I have incorporated my dairy free diet along with my blog as I found out that you can still enjoy desserts that are dairy free. I am still learning and discovering new dairy free foods and I love sharing them on my blog with you guys.

Me at last year’s Vegan Food & Drink Festival 2017

I like to thank Food Bloggers of Canada (official website) for assisting me with the blogging community. I joined Food Bloggers of Canada community late in 2014 to share and network with other Canadian bloggers as well as providing food blogging resources to assist me in the world of blogging as I was new to it and it’s a great group to be part of. I continue to learn, network and grow within this friendly and amazing food community.

Of course, I wouldn’t be here without my readers, so I would like to take this time to THANK YOU my sweet and amazing readers for letting me share my love for desserts, sweets, food events, and travel with you!! I look forward to bringing you more sweetness and foodie adventures for many years to come!!!

To celebrate my 4 Years Blog Anniversary, I stopped by a new bakery of course not a surprise right? 😉 I checked out Whisked Gluten-free Bakery located in Scarborough part of Toronto. Whisked Gluten-free Bakery offers a variety of baked goods that are gluten-free, dairy free, egg-free, soy-free options from cupcakes, macarons, bread, cookies, scones, muffins, pies, cakes and more. I love the variety that they offer!! Because I enjoy dairy free bake goods & desserts and they offer dairy free desserts, I was happy to discover this new cozy and friendly bakery in Scarborough, which is closer to home for me. There were so many different options for me to choose and it was like heaven for me to be there as I love sweets!! Great and friendly customer service by the staff there to be patient with me while I decided what yummy desserts and baked goods to choose.

From Whisked Gluten-free Bakery website more details about their products – “To make products that are allergy-friendly focusing specifically on Gluten Allergies and Intolerances. It is our goal to provide high quality Gluten-Free products made from the best ingredients that are great tasting, have a high nutritional content and are priced at a fair market value.”

What desserts did I ended up getting? I finally decided on delicious dairy free cupcakes – Strawberry and Vanilla cupcakes, 3 macarons – Strawberry, Passion Fruit & Cappuccino flavours, and my fave type of cookie – Oatmeal Raisin. My fave is definitely the dairy free Strawberry cupcake as the cake itself was moist and perfect amount of sweetness and surprise there was a fresh Strawberry filling inside the cupcake!! I loved it!! I love their beautiful frosting technique so pretty!! Check out the desserts below.

A closer look at the delicious dairy free macarons & Strawberry cupcake

If you haven’t heard or stopped by Whisked Gluten-free Bakery yet, I highly recommend you do as they offer some of the most delicious and made natural ingredients that are gluten-free, dairy free options desserts and baked goods in Scarborough. For full details more about Whisked Gluten-free Bakery, there will be a full blog post coming soon about this great bakery.

I’m looking forward to continuing to share my love for sweet dairy free desserts, food events, and foodie travel adventures with you all!! I hope that you will continue to join me in this foodie adventure discovering new bakeries, food events and food travelling so why not come along with me on my sweet journey!

Cheers to many more sweet adventures & years to come!! 🎉💕🍰🍩🍦🍜🌱✈

-Sweet B.

For more information about Whisked Gluten-free bakery, please see below:

Whisked Gluten-free bakery – website -> click here

You can follow them on their social media networks through Facebook @Whiskedglutenfree, Twitter @whiskedGF and Instagram @whiskedgf.

 

My 2017 Year In Review

Hi everyone,

Helloooo 2018!! 👋 As we already coming to the end of the 1st month of 2018 in January, I’m back with my 1st official blog post of the year. I hope everyone is enjoying the 1st month of 2018 despite the very freezing temperatures then now warmer days we are getting in Toronto, the ups and downs of the weird weather for winter?? 😜 I took a bit of a break to relax from the busy Holiday Season and to also refocus & recharge again in the first few weeks of January with my winter getaway to Niagara Falls (you can see more photos on my Instagram). It was a beautiful & restful yet short getaway as I always love visiting Niagara Falls and enjoy it’s natural beauty even in the winter with the beautiful Frozen Falls. A great 1st trip to start off 2018!

The beautiful Frozen Niagara Falls View in 2018

As we start this New Year of 2018, I like to reflect on my 2017 Year and recap & share with you as I continue my tradition every January with my Year In Review post.

Reflecting On A Year of Changes In 2017

In 2017, for me, it was a year of making changes and discovering where my career path was heading and I officially left my full-time Administrative Assistant job to pursue and focus my attention to this blog as a food blogger and writer. It was a difficult decision to make, but after being unhappy and stressed in a job for quite some time now, I decided this was the best decision I could make. I’m now at a happier and stress-free place where I enjoy and continue my passion & love for food particularly desserts to share with my readers. I am looking forward to pursuing new opportunities for my blog and focus on new goals in 2018.

I continue with my adjustments with my food sensitivity to dairy products in 2017 and discovering new foods that fit with my new diet plans.

In 2017, I also got to travel to a few beautiful places and exploring some new and returning faves places such as Niagara Falls, Las Vegas, NV, London, ON, Kingston, ON, Belleville and to Ottawa for the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference where it was held this year in honor of Canada’s 150 Birthday. I love travelling and I’m looking forward to exploring new places and searching for new & delicious foodie places to share with you guys. I’m excited for my one big trip this year already booked for May to beautiful Jamaica…😊

Me in downtown Ottawa for FBC2017

Me in downtown Kingston with their Kingston signage

I attended some delicious food festivals in 2017 such as my 1st time to Niagara VegFest and back at my fave food festivals such as Taste of Toronto, Vegan Food & Drink Festival and VegFood Fest. I love attending food festivals and events to discover and learn more about foods! I can’t wait to attend more delicious food festivals in 2018!!

Me at the Vegan Food & Drink Festival in Toronto at Fort York

My Stats From 2016 to 2017

It will be 4 years next month that I have started this blog, can’t believe it!! But as I continue to grow and expand that in 2017 with the shift to writing a few posts about travel as part of my blog now that it affected my traffic and readers. As I take on the challenge of adding also travel along with my love of dairy-free desserts and events as part of my blog that I hope that my readers will continue to support me and enjoy the combination of food (mainly desserts) and travel together that I’m sharing with you.

My 2017 Stats:

Number of Visitors: 585 Visitors

Number of Views: 805 Times

Number of Countries Viewed: 36 Countries

Check out below my Top Review Posts for 2017

My Top 2 Most Views Posts 2017

1 – My Honey Sweet Summer Dairy Free SkinnyPop Popcorn Recipe

I’m excited that my 1st dairyfree recipe is my Most Viewed for 2017 and I’m happy to share this sweet, healthy and summer feeling popcorn recipe with my readers. The healthy dried fruits in this recipe brings out the brightness and sweetness to the popcorn. I love discovering my 1st vegan (dairy-free) popcorn brand – SkinnyPop to share with you guys. I’m happy that you all also share how much you like this recipe by making it the Top Most Viewed post. I can’t wait to share more dairy free recipes with you guys in 2018!!

If you haven’t checked it out yet, see why everyone loves my sweet & fruity SkinnyPop popcorn recipe -> link

2 – My New & Healthy Fave Vietnamese Place – Pho Vistro

My 2nd Most Viewed of 2017 Review Post is sharing my love for pho noodles soup with my readers with this new healthy and vegan version of pho restaurant called: Pho Vistro. They are not like any other pho place, they offer all-natural, organic and old-fashioned Vietnamese cuisine with zero MSG. They consider their pho soup to be a healthy alternative to other soups to help your immune system. I highly recommend this delicious & cozy Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Vistro located downtown Toronto.

Check out my review post & why I love this pho place so much -> link

My Most Views for Dessert Review Posts

1 – My Fave Sweet Summer Treats by Eva’s Original Chimney Cones

One of my fave summer or all season treats are Chimney Cones by Eva’s Original. I’m happy that my readers share my love for Chimney Cones as well being the Most Views for Dessert Review Post. What I love about Eva’s Original is that her Chimney Cones are the base dough is made for vegans. Eva’s Original offer vegan soft serve (dairy-free) and with dairy ice cream as well, which I love that they accommodate for everyone. Eva’s Original is a great option for dairy free vegans to also enjoy sweet desserts too.

Check out my review post & read further why I love Eva’s Original Chimney Cones -> link

2 – My 2017 Macaron Day with Butter Avenue

My fave French small and delicate yet big flavour dessert are macarons and for the 2nd year in a row it’s one of the Most Views Dessert Review Post. I’m happy to share my Macaron Day at my fave macaron bakeshop, Butter Avenue with my readers as you guys seem to love reading about it too.

Check out my Macaron Day at Butter Avenue & read why I love Butter Avenue’s macarons -> link

My Most Views for Events & Travel Review Posts

1 – My Highlights of Niagara VegFest 2017

I love attending food festivals and trying out new ones as well and this was my 1st time attending the Niagara VegFest 2017 in downtown St. Catherines. I’m happy that you guys also enjoy reading this Review Post as it is my Most Views for Events Review. I enjoyed sampling and discovering the Niagara Region culinary vegan foods from pizza rolls to cupcakes to dairy free ice cream waffles. I enjoyed this more intimate size and great variety food festival in St.Catherines!! I’m looking forward to attending it again this year in 2018!

Check out my Review Post on more about this amazing food festival, Niagara VegFest -> link

2 – My Food Travels – Summer Getaway 2017 to Kingston, Ontario

Dairy-free Buckwheat Crepe from Geneva Crepe Cafe in Kingston, ON

I love to travel and enjoy my little getaways despite what season it is!! I’m happy to return back to my new fave travel destination to Kingston, ON last summer and share my foodie adventure with you guys. It is my 2nd Most Views post for Events / Travel Review Post so I’m glad that you guys are enjoying my foodie adventures as well. I enjoyed discovering new dairy-free restaurants in Kingston, ON last summer from dairy-free pizzas at Score Pizza and dairy-free crepes at Geneva Crepe Café. Of course, you can’t forget the beautiful waterfront views downtown that I love to stroll around and sit and enjoy the perfect views!! I’m looking forward to new foodie adventures ahead in 2018!!

If you haven’t been to Kingston, ON before then, you definitely need to check out my post to see why I love Kingston so much & why you should go to Kingston this year -> link

Stay Connected

I’m looking forward to an exciting and new foodie adventures, travels and events in 2018!! Can’t wait to discover more dairy-free desserts and foods to share with you all!! I’m looking forward to sharing with you guys my official Facebook Page soon, it’s taking longer than expected, but it will be released in the next few months. Stay tuned!!

So why don’t you come and follow me on this sweet & healthy travelling foodie adventure!

To stay connected with me and updates for the next blog post & Facebook Launch, please follow me:

Twitter @SweetBFoodie24 &

Instagram @SweetBFoodie24

Thank you again for reading, commenting, liking, sharing, and more importantly sharing my love for dairy-free sweets & desserts!

Cheers to a sweet, healthy and an adventurous foodie 2018 Year to all my sweet readers!! 🎉😋🍹🍰🍦🍜🍩🍓🌱✈🌞

Your sweet dairy-free foodie,

Sweet B.

 

 

 

My 2017 Macaron Day with Butter Avenue

Hi everyone,

Welcome back everyone!! I’m back now, did you miss me?? 🙋 It’s been a very busy month of March for me as you all know I went for my birthday trip/vacation to beautiful and glamorous Las Vegas with my sister and niece. I had the most amazing time exploring the Vegas strip and sampling so much delicious and scrumptious food.

A quick update on my Vegas trip – Vegas is definitely the place to be if you want amazing and high quality food, no doubt I was definitely not disappoint with the many choices of restaurants and even desserts to choose from. It also helps that it simply was so beautiful there with the beautiful hotels with the most beautiful water fountains! Loving Vegas both day & night  esp. love the lights at night time & enjoyed the warm desert weather in March. I have to admit though there was a lot of walking, so not a relaxing trip, but lots to see and do. I had the most amazing and wonderful time at one of my fave travel destinations being there for the 2nd time and loving it more! A great way to celebrate my birthday, a bonus was a complimentary upgrade for my hotel room with the most beautiful balcony Bellagio and Paris view ever!!

If you haven’t been to Vegas, I highly recommend visiting there at least once as it is not just about the casinos, but there is so much to see and do especially the most amazing food in Vegas is one main reason I go and the shopping of course…:) Be sure to look out for a special blog post on my fave restaurants to check out in Vegas next month that I am currently working on.

Don’t forget for the latest updates about my sweet food blog or my food adventures, please follow me on Twitter @SweetBFoodie24 and Instagram @SweetBFoodie24. If you were following me on my Instagram account while I was on my Vegas trip, then you would have seen a few yummy food & beautiful scenery photos during my trip.

March seems to be an important month of the year for me because not only my birthday of course lol…but it also marks the 1st Day of Spring, which means warmer weather, but most importantly one of my fave type of dessert is celebrated on March 20, 2018, which is Macaron Day.

Who could forget one of my fave French small and delicate yet big flavour dessert macarons? Not me of course, I love that they have a special day to celebrate in Toronto, Paris, New York and Internationally. Yes, this is a late post on Macaron Day and if you missed it, please mark March 20, 2018 in your calendar for next year for the next Macaron Day or there is always no time like the present to enjoy a simple yet delicious macaron as you can enjoy macarons any day of the year!

If you did celebrate Macaron Day, which bakery did you celebrate it with? Would love to hear where some of you went, please comment below! Thank you!

This year I celebrated Macaron Day with one of my fave bakery shop, Butter Avenue. I wasn’t able to visit more macaron bakeshops that day as unfortunately I was working my full time Admin job and didn’t have enough time to visit more. But I made time for my fave bakery shop, Butter Avenue where purchased half a dozen of macarons to share with my sisters and niece. I also sampled one of their new mini dessert – “Over the Moon” consisting of Vanilla Créme brûlée, raspberry puree, raspberry mousse, all natural lemon crème and their delicious Raspberry mini macaron on top! I loved the mini dessert, it was perfect size and it wasn’t too sweet. I hope that they would make these mini desserts a regular item on their bakery list as this was a limited edition dessert during Macaron Day weekend.

Butter Avenue partnered with Chef David Lee who is the executive chef of one of the best restaurant in Canada, Nota Bene, to create 3 distinctive macarons for Macaron Day. I sampled one of the 3 distinctive macarons, their Uji Matcha Passionfruit and as I’m not a fan of passionfruit, but I simply loved this new flavour. I didn’t expect it at all, it had the right sweetness of the passionfruit and a pop of flavour from the green tea matcha. Wow!!! Great combination for this macaron flavour. I also got my fave Earl Gray, Almond Raspberry Cake along with a few other faves that my sisters love. As desserts are always sweeter to share and was happy to share them with my sisters.

For Macaron Day, Butter Avenue despite not being one of the official participating locations for Macaron Day, they donated their 1/3 of the day’s sales to Kids Cook to Care foundation. I’m happy to celebrate and still be help give back to the community while enjoying my sweets.

While for Macaron Day TO, their participating locations in Toronto and GTA with a simple purchase of a macaron, 25% of the proceeds will be donated to – Red Door Family Shelter on March 20.

With the end of a busy yet fun month of March, marks the start of a new month for April. April means more warmer Spring weather and sweet treats for Easter!! As I unwind and settle back into my regular routine after my amazing Vegas trip, back on the hunt for the next sweet and healthy foodie adventure.

So don’t forget to come back and join me next month and see what sweet & healthy blog post I have in store for you all. Cheers to my fave month filled with sweet macarons in March!!! 🎉🎈🍹 (you think they made Macaron Day in March for me?)

-Sweet B.

For more information on Macaron Day TO and on Butter Avenue, please see below:

Macaron Day TOWebsite: macarondayto.com

You can follow them through their social media on Facebook @MacaronDayTO, Twitter @MacaronDayTO and Instagram @MacaronDayTO.

Butter AvenueWebsite: www.butteravenue.com

Address:

Locations

Yonge & Lawerence -3467 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M4N 2N3

Queen & Spadina – 477 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 2A9

You can follow them through their social media on Facebook @ButterAvenueCo, Twitter @ButterAvenue, and Instagram @ButterAvenue.

 

 

My Sweet Adventure on Macaron Day 2016

Hi everyone,

Happy Belated Macaron Day & it’s officially Spring now as of last weekend on March 20, 2016 marks the 1st Day of Spring despite the fact that in Toronto it haven’t felt like Spring more like winter esp after that ice storm we just had.

Sorry for the lack of blog posts, it’s been a busy month of March for me with my birthday celebrations (yes my birthday just past this week…😀) and busy at work adjusting to my recently new position. I hope that you would be patient with me and still continue to be here waiting for me with my sweet entries for me to share with you, my sweet readers! If you are wondering when my next blog posts are, you can always check my Twitter account for the latest updates as I’m quite active on Twitter.

Now onto why I’m here to share with you my sweet heavenly day last weekend on Sunday, March 20, 2016 for Macaron Day. This is my 3rd Year celebrating this sweet elegant & delectable bite-sized dessert, macarons. As you know, macarons is one of my fave type of desserts. Of course it comes with no surprise that I will be celebrating my love for macarons!

Macaron Day TO not only celebrates our love for macarons, but also additional 25% of purchased macarons will be donated to Red Door Family Shelter. For who don’t know about Macaron Day, Toronto will offer macaron lovers complimentary macarons to enjoy at local pastry shops. To receive a complimentary macaron, you would visit one of the participating patisserie that is listed on the Macaron Day TO website and just simply mention that you are celebrating Macaron Day TO.

This year I decided to stop by 2 of my fave pastry shops as it was hard to decide which one to go to. My 1st stop was to Dessert Lady and I was one of their lucky winners to win a box of their new Doncaron (Donut Macaron basically & it’s one of the new trend right now for macarons). I was excited to taste the Donut Macarons! They were offering 5 flavours of the Donut Macarons – Strawberry Jelly, Confetti, Chocolate Dip, Maple Dip and Boston Cream.  My fave definitely was the Strawberry Jelly and it was delicious, it actually tasted like the real donut. I definitely recommend you try Dessert Lady new creation – Doncaron! I also picked up the traditional French Macarons – Raspberry Lemon Twist (which is my fave now) and Mango flavours that these flavours reminded me of Spring time. I love the Raspberry Lemon Twist!! One of my new fave flavours!! I definitely recommend it. I simply love their Instagram booth that they had out that day to interact with customers.

When I stopped by Dessert Lady, it was quite busy, but I’m always happy to be greeted by their staff and feel welcome there despite how busy it was. It was great seeing a few familiar faces there as well as I been there quite often. I was very happy with my selection of macarons there! Dessert Lady was one of the participating patisserie for Macaron Day To who gave out samples of their Doncaron!

My next stop was to my annual stop that I go every year for Macaron Day TO, which is Butter Avenue. I love going to Butter Avenue every year as they always have a special limited edition flavours that day and I always love to try new flavours. Plus Butter Avenue never disappoints me with their delicious macarons.

Butter Avenue this year have 30 limited edition flavours at both of their locations that day and as well this year they are donating 30% of the day’s sales to @kidscooktocare. I went to the Yonge & Lawrence location. It was hard to choose which flavours I would like to try that day as I got half a dozen so picking 6 flavours to share with my sisters. As it’s always more sweeter to share with others.

I ended up choosing: Strawberry Yogurt, Raspberry Marshmallow, Passionfruit Marshmallow, Green Apple Matcha and Coconut Apricot. My fave in the end was the Coconut Apricot, which I was surprised as I’m not a huge fan of Coconut but the apricot and coconut mixed together was simply delicious it’s hard to describe how it tasted. I love the Coconut Apricot! I hope that they will bring back some of the flavours as I wanted to also try: Dragon Eye and Raspberry Rose just to name a few.

Overall, what a sweet & heavenly day for me as a macaron lover, both Dessert Lady & Butter Avenue fulfilled my love for sweet French macarons that day! You can never get enough macarons, I love trying new creations and new flavours that day.

I am already looking forward to Macaron Day TO next year 2017!!

Now I’m off looking for my next sweet adventure, until then…

-Sweet B.

For more information & details for Macaron Day TO, check out their website -> here

For more information on Dessert Lady & Butter Avenue, please see below:

Dessert Lady

Address: 12 Cumberland Street, Toronto, ON

Website: http://dessertlady.ca

Follow them on Facebook @DessertLady, Twitter @DessertLady_TO & Instagram @DessertLady_TO

Butter Avenue

Address:

Yonge & Lawrence – 3467 Yonge Street

Queen & Spadina – 477 Queen Street West

Website: www.butteravenue.com

Follow them on Facebook @ButterAvenue, Twitter @ButterAvenue, & Instagram @ButterAvenue

 

 

Valentine’s Day Desserts frm the Elegant Pastry Shop: Bobbette & Belle

Hi everyone!!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my sweet readers 2day!! Valentine’s Day is a definitely one of those days that you don’t need an excuse for desserts as it is the perfect time to enjoy lots of yummy sweet desserts!! That is why I love celebrating these special occasions like these just to enjoy and satisfy my sweet cravings what a great excuse to have some desserts. On this special Valentine’s Day holiday, sharing my sweet desserts and my love to my 2 amazing sisters who are not just my sisters but also my best friends. Desserts always taste better when you share them with the ones you love!

This year I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day with Bobbette & Belle, an artisanal pastries shop featuring their baked goods made fresh and everything is baked from scratch with their finest ingredients. I stopped by their 2nd location at their Yonge shop (Yonge Lawrence Village area) for the first time. Bobbette & Belle has 2 locations with their first shop located in the heart of Leslieville area on Queen Street.

I have been always wanting to try Bobbette & Belle and for some reason never tried it until now, which the question is why have I been waiting this long to go to Bobbette & Belle? No idea ‘cause it, I absolutely fell in love with this chic, elegant, yet cozy & welcoming shop!!

Bobbette & Belle is known for their lavish & elegant wedding cakes, their famous cupcakes and delicious French macarons. They also offer other baked goods including scones, croissants, pies, tortes, cookies, and more! Drinks include their famous homemade hot chocolate served with toasted marshmallow, espresso-based coffees and a wide range of teas. I tried their Hot Cider especially on one of the coldest day and wow simply delicious, I loved it!! Bobbette & Belle also offer their services to provide corporate sweet events and gift ideas as well.

My Take-out Hot Cider Outside

My 1st experience with Bobbette & Belle was simply amazing, as mentioned I instantly fell in love with this cozy & elegant pastry shop. I went on the coldest day in Toronto but it was definitely worth it. I entered the shop with the warm smell of baked goods and sweet smell of coffee too. I love the warm, quiet chatter atmosphere as I entered the shop. It was actually quite busy when I went but I was still greeted by one of the servers and didn’t felt rushed to decide which delicious desserts to get as there were so many to choose from. I wanted to try them all lol!! Great customer service for sure. I simply love their Valentine’s Day decorations as well, check out some of my photos below!

After finally deciding on which desserts to take home with me to share with my sisters, I ended up with a pack of 6 macarons, which flavours I picked was: the special Valentine’s Day flavour – Strawberry Champagne, 2 Raspberries, Chocolate, Pistachio and Passionfruit. Of course I had to try one of their delicious cupcakes as I been craving for cupcakes so I chose their Vanilla Raspberry & Mango Passionfruit Buttercream Coconut cupcakes. And I have to say these are one of the best cupcakes I ever had, the Vanilla Raspberry one was simply delicious, I loved their icing and usually icings are very very sweet and this one was not, it was made fresh and real Raspberry pieces was inside the icing and I never had icing made like this and loved it!! The cake itself was light and fluffy, loved it, this is almost a perfect cupcake..:) I also couldn’t resist those special Valentine’s Day Shortbread cookies, how can you? LOL!! I love cookies as well. So I had to at least try one and it was almost too pretty to eat with the sparkly icing, it was light and perfect!

I have to add that I love Bobbette & Belle adorable boxes that they put the desserts in, it is very elegant and chic, loved it!!! I’m keeping them! 🙂

I look forward to coming back to visit Bobbette & Belle as I definitely have to come back to try their other sweet desserts as I saw their apple tart and simply looked delicious. I definitely would love to sit and enjoy a cup of tea there as well as it looks like a cozy spot especially on the weekends to warm up or enjoy a simple and elegant dessert. I hope that you would come and see this little chic and cozy bakery shop yourself, I definitely recommend it!!

Hope that everyone is having a sweet Valentine’s Day celebrating with your loved ones!! Hope everyone had a yummy dessert on Valentine’s Day too. If you haven’t had a sweet dessert yet, there’s still time if you are in Canada and those who have a long Family Day weekend like me why not check out Bobbette & Belle for your sweet cravings! Definitely check out Bobbette & Belle on any occasion not just Holidays, they offer so many wide selection of fresh and high-end quality desserts, it’s simply worth it to check out anytime!

I hope that everyone enjoyed my Valentine’s Day special post, until my next sweet adventure….

-Sweet B.

For more information on Bobbette & Belle, please see below:

Address:

Leslieville Location: 1121 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON

Yonge Lawrence Village Location: 3347 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON

Website: www.bobbetteandbelle.com

You can also check them out on Facebook -> Bobbette & Belle, Twitter -> @BobbetteBelle, and Instagram -> BobbetteandBelle

My Three Fave Bakeries for Christmas Desserts

Hi everyone,

Happy Holidays to all my sweet readers!! This will be my last entry before the end of the year, wow, can’t believe how fast this year has passed! I’m excited and looking forward to 2016 to sharing more sweet bakeries/shops and my love for sweets and treats with you all. I hope that you will continue to join me in discovering new sweet places together and for those new readers, you are definitely welcome to join me as well. I will definitely not disappoint you in satisfying your sweet cravings, you can check out my previous blog entries to see what you have missed out in 2015 -> HERE. 🙂

As we all know, the Holidays is always a busy time of year for everyone between Christmas shopping, hosting or attending Christmas parties, decorating Christmas trees and more, where do you find the time to bake? Well for those readers who either looking for a last minute or even those looking for desserts, sweets or bakery items like cakes, cupcakes, etc to bring to their Christmas dinners to family, friends and even Christmas work parties, here are my 3 Faves and Best Bakeries Recommendations.

The first bakery I recommend is my fave and go-to bakery and well known as Toronto’s ultimate One Stop Sweet Shop is Dessert Lady. Dessert Lady is conveniently located in Yorkville in their cozy quaint shop where they have over 350 menu items to choose from ranging from Gourmet Cakes, Handmade Chocolate Truffles, French Macarons, Cupcakes, Banana loafs, ice cream, and much more. Dessert Lady also specialize in beautiful custom 3D cakes for any celebration as well they offer catering with custom treats with corporate logos. Check out some new photos below when I recently stopped by their bakery for their Christmas decorated cozy shop!

Dessert Lady has always been one of my go to bakery shops because I can always rely on them with their friendly and exceptional customer service. Every time I visit their shop, I am welcomed with their warm atmosphere filled with sweet treats coming from their freshly baked oven. Dessert Lady has never disappointed me in satisfying my sweet cravings. On my most recent visit to the bakery, I was surprised to find the last one of my fave oatmeal cookies on the shelves, perfect timing! No one makes oatmeal cookies like Dessert Lady. I never leave the shop without purchasing one sweet treat, it is so hard to resist!!

Recently, Dessert Lady upgraded their website to a brand new updated look, it looks amazing and now you can check online live what cakes are available that day along with a special Rewards program to earn points to get discount on their sweet bakery items! Who can resist that? Check out a sample of their new updated website with my screenshot.

Check out my link below for more details & photos on Dessert Lady on a previous blog entry I have done:

Dessert Lady: Best Bakery & Dessert Shop in Toronto

For more information on Dessert Lady, please check it out below:

Address: 12 Cumberland Street, Toronto, ON

You can also follow them on Facebook @DessertLady, Twitter @DessertLady_TO, and new on Instagram @dessertlady_to

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The 2nd bakery I recommend is Mad Batter Bakers esp during the Christmas time as they make the most delicious Gingerbread cookies in Toronto. I first discovered Mad Batter Bakers at the One of a Kind Christmas Show a few years ago and ever since then I don’t go anywhere else for my soft & delicious Gingerbread cookies. After discovering Mad Batter Bakers at the One of A Kind Christmas show, it is a must stop at my fave cookie shop, the Mad Batter Bakers booth at my Annual tradition of attending the One of A Kind Christmas Show to get their soft delicious Gingerbread cookies.

Mad Batter Baker specializes in soft Gingerbread cookies and Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies. Besides how delicious their cookies taste, their cookies look so pretty too, I simply love their not overly sweet icing on their cookies as some places make the icings really sweet. It is made perfectly! Mad Batter Bakers also have cookies available for ready to decorate your own gingerbread cookies too. They also do custom cookies order as well. Check out some of my photos from their booth at One of A Kind Show.

Gingerbread cookies always reminds me of Christmas as I’m sure most people do too, but for me Gingerbread cookies also reminds me of the Holidays and a time spent with my family and if you love Gingerbread cookies as much as I do then look no further than Mad Batter Bakers who make the best Gingerbread cookies with their light spice aroma of the cookies when you open the box it smells like Christmas and the soft chewy taste. What I love about their Gingerbread cookies is it lasts for quite awhile as I had them for 2 weeks and they are still fresh and soft. According to their website, their Gingerbread cookies last for 3 months. Please see below more photos from their One Of A Kind Show booth when I went this year. This year one of Mad Batter Bakers new items is called: Mug Mates, it is so cute, it comes in a set of four, check out the photo below of the one I saw at the show.

If you can’t make it to the One of A Kind Christmas show or they are also at the One of A Kind Spring show in 2016 (who can wait that long lol! For your future reference as they do attend both shows) to pick up one of their delicious boxes of Gingerbread cookies or Old Fashioned Sugar cookies for Christmas, you can visit them located in the Liberty Village district in Toronto. Their bakery shop is located in between Dufferin and Strachen Avenue.

I haven’t had a chance to visit their bakery shop in person yet, but I definitely can’t wait to check their shop and pick up more Gingerbread cookies for Christmas as I can never get enough of their delicious & soft Gingerbread cookies.

Check out below of their sweet Christmas sign in front of their shop posted on their Instagram account.

For more information on Mad Batter Bakers, please check it out below:

Address: 135 Jefferson Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Website: www.madbatterbakers.com

You can also follow them on Facebook @MadBatterBakers, Twitter @MadBatterBakers, and new on Instagram @madbatterbakers.

Information on One Of A Kind Show, check out their website: www.oneofakindshow.com

The 3rd bakery that I would recommend if you are specifically looking for macarons would definitely recommend of course my fave Butter Avenue. Butter Avenue is specializes in macarons and they simply make the best macarons with natural ingredients and no added artificial flavours or preservatives.

Butter Avenue also have delicious cakes and tarts as well as beverages including coffee, espresso, tea, and more. They currently have decorated cakes and tarts with limited edition chocolates & macarons just in time for Christmas! So go check them out!

Another reason why I would recommend Butter Avenue is because of their exceptional and friendly customer service. I been to both of their locations and have always received very friendly and also very helpful customer service. If you need assistance or advice on particular maracons, the staff at Butter Avenue is quite helpful and they know their products, which is why I keep coming back to this elegant and amazing bakery shop.

I recently stopped by their Yonge & Lawrence location as I haven’t been by the shop recently and picked up some macarons to share with my sister for Christmas as well my first time trying their Tarte Aux Pommes w/ granny smith apples, crème pâtissière vanille, cinnamon sugar & caramel apple concentrate and it was simply delicious!!!! I loved it!! I love apple desserts and this is probably one of my new faves. Please check out some new photos I took of the bakery shop while I was there with some beautiful Christmas decorations and Christmas desserts like one of their tarts in a Snowman shape. There are a few Christmas macarons flavours that includes: Gingerbread, Candy Cane, Molten Chocolate Marshmallow and Hazelnut Cranberry.

For further details and more photos of Butter Avenue, please check out my 3 previous entries on this amazing macaron shop & why I keep coming back to them for macarons.

  1. Butter Avenue: Best Macarons in Toronto
  2. Celebrating Macaron Day at Butter Avenue in Toronto
  3. Butter Avenue Update: Sharing More of My Love of Marcaons on Easter Weekend

For more information on Butter Avenue, please check it out below:

Their two locations: Yonge & Lawrence – 3467 Yonge Street and Queen & Spadina – 477 Queen Street West.

Website: www.butteravenue.com

You can also follow them on Facebook @ButterAvenueCo, Twitter @ButterAvenue, and new on Instagram @butteravenue.

If you are looking for Christmas treats, desserts, or bakery items, please check out my 3 fave bakery shops: Dessert Lady, Mad Batter Bakers, and Butter Avenue as they offer the most delicious desserts & bakery items in Toronto. With my experience with each bakery I would definitely recommend them.

I hope that they will satisfy your sweet cravings as much as they have satisfied mines.

Happy Sweet New Year’s to all my readers!!! Don’t forget to enjoy a sweet dessert on New Year’s Eve and would love to see what my readers have on New Year’s Eve or if you enjoyed a dessert before then, if you would like to share your dessert photo with me, please send me an e-mail at blooi24@hotmail.com or fill out the form below with a link to your photo. I will post a few in the New Year’s to share for everyone. I will also be sharing my delicious dessert with everyone in the New Year!

Until then, searching for my next sweet adventure in 2016…:)

-Sweet B.